Gould in January 2012
|Birth name||Dana John Gould|
August 24, 1964|
Hopedale, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Notable works and roles||writer and producer for The Simpsons|
Gould was born in Hopedale, Massachusetts on August 24, 1964, the fifth of six children. He was raised Roman Catholic, and served as an altar boy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester.
Gould began performing comedy onstage at age 17. After high school, he studied communications and theatre at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but after a year moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in comedy. It was there he, along with fellow comedian Alex Reid, founded the San Francisco Comedy Condo in 1986.
Gould wrote and performed on The Ben Stiller Show; one such sketch features Gould as Otto, Cupid's twisted brother, whose arrows convince a young man to fall madly in love with an elderly woman. Another series of sketches features a heavily disguised Gould as Wilford Brimley advertising "Grady's Oats" (a parody of Brimley's Quaker Oats advertisements). In one, he speaks of his Uncle Ray's hobby of dressing in a pink taffeta gown and filling his panties with oatmeal; in another, he brandishes a revolver through the window at children. He also appeared in an episode of MADtv as Newt Gingrich and on one episode of Seinfeld ("The Junk Mail") as "Fragile" Frankie Merman, Jerry's childhood friend (also known as "The Summer George"). He co-created and was executive producer on Super Adventure Team. In addition, Gould's stand up material was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties.
In 1998, Gould appeared in the episode "Supermarket Story" of The King of Queens.
For seven years, he wrote for The Simpsons, one episode of which he provided the voice of Don Knotts as Barney Fife (an impression that originated in his stand-up routine). He left the show in late 2006 in order to focus on his own screenwriting, though he served as co-executive producer on seasons 14 through 18.
Gould had a featured cameo in Girls Will Be Girls, in which he played a hit-and-run victim who admits to his alcohol problem after having a desperate one-night stand with aging C-list actress Evie Harris, the other driver in the car accident. He was also featured in The Aristocrats, where, among other commentary, he presents an Amish version of the eponymous joke. His short films, Last Man On Earth, Break On Through With J.F.K., A Night On Java Island, and Soul Mates are also available for download on his site. Except for the latter, all feature Gould in acting roles. 2009 saw the release of his new stand up special, "Let Me Put My Thoughts In You" on Shout! Factory.
Gould provided the voice for the title character in the U.S. versions of the Gex video game series and the U.K. version of the first game. Gould, with his frequent writing partner Rob Cohen, wrote the majority of the jokes for the games. Gould also voiced Hi Larious in Father of the Pride.
He was a regular contributor to the Adam Carolla radio show where he did impressions of Huell Howser. He appears occasionally on The Adam Carolla Show podcast. The first episode of Gould's own podcast The Dana Gould Hour was made available on iTunes on January 31, 2012. Recurring guests include comedians like Eddie Pepitone, and each episode revolves around a singular theme. Currently, a new episode of The Dana Gould Hour is released about every two months.
In 2013, Gould appeared with Melinda Hill and Scott Shriner in an episode of the web series Romantic Encounters. He also frequently performs live shows with comedian Arden Myrin as "The Tinkle Twins."
In 2014, Gould participated as a comedian on Playboy's "Foursome: Walk of Shame" where he joined other comedians in making fun of the program's contestants.
- "Funhouse" (Stand Up! Records) [Record / CD: 1998]
- "Let Me Put My Thoughts In You" (Shout! Factory) [DVD / CD: 2009; Record 2014]
- "I Know It's Wrong" (New Wave Dynamics) [CD: 2013]
- "Mr. Funny Man" (Kill Rock Stars) [MP3: 2017]
The Simpsons episodes
The following is a list of episodes Gould wrote during his tenure at The Simpsons.
- "Homer the Moe" (2001)
- "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge" (2002)
- "C.E. D'oh" (2003)
- "The President Wore Pearls" (2003)
- "Goo Goo Gai Pan" (under the name Lawrence Talbot) (2005)
- "Bart Has Two Mommies" (2006)
- "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (2007)
Family Guy episodes
Gould guest starred in the episode "Brian Writes a Bestseller" as himself, during a live-action segment.
- Pollak, Kevin; Gould, Dana (2011-09-21). "Kevin Pollak Chat Show" (Interview). Interviewed by Kevin Pollak. Archived from the original on 2013-10-19.
- "The Dana Gould Hour". iTunes. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- Carrie, Stephanie (2013-07-17). "Steph's LA Weekly Feature Series – Melinda Hill's Romantic Encounters". Tangled Web We Watch. Archived from the original on 2016-03-19.
- Gutelle, Sam (2013-06-26). "Melinda Hill Seeking 'Romantic Encounters' On My Damn Channel Network". Tubefilter. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "Dana Gould". You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes. Episode 44. Nerdist. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
- "Sue Naegle Joins HBO as President, HBO Entertainment, Overseeing All Series Programming and Specials". The Futon Critic. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- "Sklarbro Country podcast episodes on Earwolf". Earwolf.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
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